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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426310099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426310096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 1-5–Well-chosen poems are paired with breathtaking photos of the featured creatures, many depicted in their natural habitats. Entries vary from playful to thought-provoking, and the mixture of word and visual image is potent. Providing creative perspectives on critters from polliwogs to panthers, egrets to elephants, these selections will inspire youngsters to try penning an animal ode. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Named Best Poetry Book of 2012 by Bank Street Books!

Named one of the Best Children's Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews!

Named one of the top Children's Books of 2012 by the New York Public Library!

Named one of the 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012 by Fuse 8!
 
CYBILS' Poetry Finalist

"Add a little natural wonder to your poetry shelves. Because if we’re talking about the best possible compliment to your eyes and ears alike, few have as many perks and grand moments as this." School Library Journal starred review

“Gorgeous, full-bleed photographs of wild and domesticated animals accompany animal-focused poems ranging from classic works to the writings of modern children’s poets.” Publisher’s Weekly starred review
 
“A well-stirred mix of old and recent limericks, haiku, short lyrics, shaped poems and free verse… A spectacular collection…” Kirkus Reviews starred review

“I can’t think of a finer holiday gift ... This large, generously illustrated book provides a feast for the eye and animal-loving heart.” —The Boston Sunday Globe

“Stunning photographs and 200 poems ‘squeak, soar and roar’ in this bountiful bestiary that’s a delight for eyes and ears alike.” —New York Public Library

“The poems are well chosen and include rhyming, free verse, and shape poetry... This selection is sure to turn any animal lover into a poetry lover.” —Provo Library 

“Lewis has carefully chosen classic and contemporary poems for their array of styles and moods." —Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

“The perfect keepsake gift for little animal lover on your Christmas list.” The Review Wire
 
“What could be better than cuddling up with your child and this book on your lap and allowing your imaginations to soar with the words and images?” Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Resonate[s] with wonder at the variety, beauty and strangeness of the animal world." --Iowa Press-Citizen

"The poems resonate with wonder at the variety, beauty and strangeness of the animal world." --The Iowa Gazette

 “Stunning photographs combine with wonderful poems to create a family treasure of all to share,” Patch.com

"Take poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and others, add photos by National Geographic and you've got the spectacular Book of Animal Poetry." —Redding.com

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This collection contains poems that inspire and that amuse, by both classic and modern poets.
Christine Ellison
This is a book of which I will be ordering additional copies to give as gifts to my many nieces and nephews.
Former Baker
The back pages host tons of resources and readers can even learn to write poems about animals.
Kristi Bernard

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janet S. Wong on September 12, 2012
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I think I have turned into my mother. The way she feels compelled to buy 5 pairs of the same favorite pants (just in case she can't find them later on) or an extra few boxes of candy (just in case she needs a last-minute Christmas gift), I now have multiple copies of this book. It is the perfect all-purpose gift book--a "welcome to the world" gift for brand-new babies, birthday presents for kids who love poetry (and especially those who don't), "just because" presents for adult friends who love photography. (I have some poems in this 200-poem masterwork--and I am so proud to be in it!!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on November 6, 2012
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Have you ever tried to imagine the secret lives of animals? National Geographic is no stranger to open our eyes to the life of animals via photography and film. Now, imagine bringing this wonderful photography to life with poetry. This giant book is sectioned by large, small, winged, noisy, quiet and wet animals and so many more that live and thrive on our planet. One example is with an Orangutan and her baby. The pictures show the two hugging and the little one giving his momma a kiss. The poem reads:

Dear Orangutan:
Three cheers to you,
man of the forest.
You arrived here long before us.
You paved the way; you saw it through.
How nice to have someone like you sitting in our family tree.
Sincerely, from your cousin me.

The category of strange animals has an up close and personal image of an Ostrich. It's poem reads:

The Ostrich roams the great Sahara.
Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra.
It has such long and lofty legs,
I'm glad it sits to lay its eggs.

United States Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis brings together poets from all over to share and inspire young readers with their words. Poets such as Georgia Heard, Paul Janeczko, John Ciardi, Lord Alfred Douglas and so many more. The back pages host tons of resources and readers can even learn to write poems about animals. This book is a treasure any classroom or family would enjoy and share for many years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
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Animals make for good poetry. That's just common sense. When humans get misty eyed and start thinking their great grand thoughts, they tend to be inspired by some form of nature. Naturally, some animals in particular are replete with awe-inspiring tendencies. Bald eagles, say. So where does that put your average hamster or flamingo? Not all animals are built to accompany great grand thoughts after all. Some of them are best suited to small, sly, clever verses instead. Taken as a whole, there are probably more animal poems in the world than a person could imagine. That's why it's rather clever of J. Patrick Lewis to pair with National Geographic's talented photography department to bring us a gorgeously designed book of animal poems. You name the animal, the man has found (or perhaps solicited?) a poem to fit. Containing everything from limericks to haiku, this collection of two hundred poems and who knows how many photos is a visual feast for eye and ear alike.

"If you listen very carefully, you'll hear the chicken hatching," reads the first poem in this book. It's "The Egg" by Jack Prelutsky and it starts off "Book of Animal Poetry"s "Welcome to the World" section. Split into eight different sections, the book categorizes its contents not by genus or species but by only the grandest of terms. There are "the big ones", "the little ones", "the winged ones", "the water ones", "the strange ones", "the noisy ones", and "the quiet ones". Each poem is accompanied by a photograph, and sometimes the photograph is accompanied by more than one poem. There are verses poignant and funny, thought provoking and wild. Finally, at the end of the book, there is a section on "writing poems about animals" that aids kids by giving them a range of different forms to try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Mom on October 16, 2012
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This book contains beautiful photographs with perfectly matched poetry selections for each animal. Delightful! The children at school thoroughly enjoyed the book, and several parents asked for the name and publisher of the book their children came home talking about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Former Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 1, 2014
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I am a self-proclaimed poetry snob, and thus find most books of poetry intended for young children to be less than ideal. This book-- National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry-- is the exact opposite of what I've found in most children's poetry books. This book is stunning, with a beautifual selection of poetry AND photographs that make the reader cry, smile, laugh, and sigh. Incredible.

The book is organized into nine chapters of poetry and photography, and then also has an epilogue section with reference materials included.

ALL chapters include a wide variety of poetry, including classic lyric poetry, haiku, free verse, and concrete poems. Every page has somewhere between one and three poems, as well as gorgeous National Geographic photos.

Chapter 1-- "Welcome to the World"-- five poems about the beginnings of life
Chapter 2-- " the big ones"-- twenty-nine poems about big animals-- elephants, moose, horses, cows, gorillas, etc.
Chapter 3-- "the little ones"-- thirty-two poems about small animals-- insects, arachnids, small mammals, etc.
Chapter 4-- "the winged ones"-- twenty-eight poems about winged animals-- eagles, bats, hummingbirds, etc.
Chapter 5-- "the water ones"-- twenty-five poems about animals in water-- sharks, oysters, alligators, etc.
Chapter 6-- "the strange ones"-- twenty-eight poems about odd animals-- anteaters, porcupines, eels, etc.
Chapter 7-- "the noisy ones"-- twenty-four poems about animals that make a lot of noise-- pigs, frogs, big cats, etc.
Chapter 8-- "the quiet ones"-- twenty-three poems about quiet animals-- moths, panther, snakes, etc.
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